FGCU swimming and diving defeats two before falling to FSU at FGCU quad-meet


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The FGCU swimming and diving team defeated two of its three opponents at the FGCU Quad Meet that took place Nov 4 and 5 at the FGCU Aquatics Complex.
Going against their former head coach, the FGCU women’s swim and dive team lost to Florida State while earning wins against Florida Southern and West Florida.
“The girls stepped up and performed very well,” said FGCU head coach Dave Rollins in an FGCU Athletics Press Release. “It’s an emotional weekend with everything going on, but they did a great job supporting one another and racing hard from start to finish. The girls had been looking forward to this weekend. It’s a good rivalry, and Florida State is doing good things up there. The important thing for us is keeping our focus on moving forward and learning from this weekend.”
The meet started out with a tie in the 200 medley relay, with Florida State and FGCU getting a time of 1:40.06. The time was a season-best for the Eagles, beating their previous best by 2.5 seconds.
The Eagles got first, second and third in the 400 individual medley. Liz Zeiger got the first place finish, with a time of 4:18.28. In the Girls 200 freestyle, Hannah Burdge got third, with a season best time of 1:50.21, while FSU took the top two places.
Katie Latham got a season-best time of 23.15, and a third place finish for the Eagles in the 50-yard freestyle. FGCU would place first and second in the 200 yard butterfly. With Kristina Kaas Elmgreen getting the win for the Eagles, with a time of 1:59.87
In the next event, FGCU got first and second once again in the 200 yard backstroke, with Sandra Wilk getting the top time of 2:01.02. Linda Shaw placed second in the 500 yard freestyle, with a time of 4:57.24.
The Eagles ended the first day by winning the 400 yard freestyle relay with a season-best time of 3:21.62. The Eagles held the lead against the Seminoles after day one.
The Eagles began day two with a second-place finish behind FSU with a time of 3:46.90.In the long 1000 yard freestyle, FSU would get first and second while FGCU’s Liz Zeiger got third with a time of 10:16.03.
Christina Kaas Elmgreen finished just over a half a second behind FSU, as she got second with a time of 55.38. In a close 100 yard freestyle, FSU placed first, while FGCU finished second and third respectively. Sandra Wilk led the Eagles to a win in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 55.89.
The Eagles won the last event of the meet in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:31.74
Florida State handed the Eagles a close defeat, with the final score being 203.5- 149.5.
FGCU’s next competition will be at the Georgia Tech Invite in Atlanta, Georgia, from Thursday, Nov. 17 to Saturday, Nov. 19. FGCU will look to improve on thethird place finish they got last year.